Icons (TV series)

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Icons
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Genre Documentary
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 89
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel G4
Original run May 1, 2002 – 2006
External links
Website

Icons was a documentary TV show on G4 that originally focused on significant people, companies, products, history, and milestones in world of video games. It was relaunched in 2006 and focused entirely on pop culture. It was cancelled soon afterwards.

On May 10, 2006, it was announced that Icons was relaunching on June 3 with an episode focusing on J.J. Abrams.[1] The show will feature a broader scope on things and people "men 18–34 care about, admire and emulate." Future episodes would focus on Marc Ecko, The Onion, and Family Guy. This change in format had been suspected, due to the recent episodes about George A. Romero, Frank Miller and the history of the King Kong franchise. The classic video game themed episodes continued to air on the network sporadically until 2008, under the new name of Game Makers.

Episodes from Icons[edit]

Season one[edit]

# Title Production Code Content
1 "Oddworld" 101 Oddworld Inhabitants
2 "Nolan Bushnell" 102 Nolan Bushnell
3 "Pac-Man" 103 Pac-Man
4 "Lara Croft" 104 Lara Croft
5 "Activision" 105 Activision
6 "Miyamoto" 106 Shigeru Miyamoto
7 "EverQuest" 107 EverQuest
8 "Bioware" 108 BioWare
9 "Will Wright" 109 Will Wright
10 "Women in Gaming" 110 women video game company CEOs
11 "Insomniac Games" 111 Insomniac Games
12 "Sid Meier" 112 Sid Meier
13 "Scary Games" 113 horror games
14 "Richard Garriott" 114 Richard Garriott
15 "Bruce Shelley" 115 Bruce Shelley
16 "John Madden NFL Football" 116 Madden NFL
17 "Splinter Cell" 117 Stealth games
18 "Lord of the Rings" 118 The Lord of the Rings (Vivendi Universal)

Season two[edit]

# Title Production Code Content
1 "Atari" 201 Atari
2 "Game Music" 202 video game musicians
3 "Unreal" 203 Unreal
4 "Yu Suzuki" 204 Yu Suzuki
5 "Intellivision" 205 Intellivision
6 "The Legend of Zelda" 206 The Legend of Zelda series
7 "Xbox" 207 Xbox
8 "Arcade" 208 Video arcades
9 "The History of E3" 209 History of E3
10 "LucasArts" 210 LucasArts
11 "Red Storm" 211 Red Storm Entertainment
12 "Warren Spector" 212 Warren Spector
13 "PC Gaming" 213 Personal computer gaming
14 "The Crash" 214 Video game crash of 1983
15 "Games in the Military" 215 Military simulation
16 "Naughty Dog" 216 Naughty Dog
17 "Mario" 217 Mario
18 "218" 218 Onimusha Halloween '03
19 "Mega Man" 219 Mega Man series
20 "Yuji Naka" 220 Yuji Naka
21 "Final Fantasy" 221 Final Fantasy
22 "Dungeons and Dragons" 222 Dungeons & Dragons
23 "Castlevania" 223 Castlevania

Season three[edit]

# Title Production Code Content
1 "Music Games" 301 Music games
2 "Dreamcast" 302 Dreamcast
3 "ESRB" 303 ESRB
4 "Peter Molyneux" 304 Peter Molyneux
5 "Tetris" 305 Tetris
6 "Electronic Arts" 306 Electronic Arts
7 "Game Boy" 307 Game Boy
8 "Donkey Kong" 308 Donkey Kong
9 "Nobuo Uematsu" 309 Nobuo Uematsu
10 "The DOOM Franchise" 310 Doom
11 "Dead or Alive" 311 Dead or Alive
12 "SNK" 312 SNK Playmore
13 "Mortal Kombat" 313 Mortal Kombat
14 "Prince of Persia" 314 Prince of Persia
15 "Mark Cuban" 315 Mark Cuban
16 "Metal Gear Solid" 316 Metal Gear series
17 "Half-Life" 317 Half-Life
18 "Bungie" 318 Bungie
19 "Apple II" 319 Apple II
20 "Fighting Games" 320 fighting games

Season four[edit]

# Title Production Code Content
1 "Gran Turismo" 5001 Gran Turismo
2 "Splinter Cell" 5002 Splinter Cell
3 "Frank Miller" 5003 Frank Miller
4 "5004" 5004 Tim Schafer
5 "Star Wars Games" 5005 Star Wars video games
6 "Ralph Baer" 5006 Ralph Baer
7 "PlayStation" 5007 PlayStation
8 "George A. Romero" 5008 George A. Romero
9 "Xbox 360" 5009 Xbox 360
10 "NES" 5010 Nintendo Entertainment System
11 "King Kong" 5011 King Kong
12 "Tekken" 5012 Tekken

Season five[edit]

# Title[2] Production Code[2] Content
1 "ICONS: J.J. Abrams" 6001 J.J. Abrams
2[3] "ICONS: Suicide Girls" 6002 SuicideGirls
3 "ICONS: Marc Ecko" 6003 Marc Ecko
4 "ICONS: Michelle Rodriguez" 6004 Michelle Rodríguez
5 "ICONS: Kevin Smith" 6005 Kevin Smith
6 "ICONS: Jamie Kennedy" 6006 Jamie Kennedy
7 "ICONS: Shepard Fairey" 6007 Shepard Fairey
8 "ICONS: Seth Green" 6008 Seth Green
9 "ICONS: Lollapalooza" 6009 Lollapalooza
10 "ICONS: The Onion" 6010 The Onion
11 "ICONS: British Music Invasion" 6011 British rock (focus on indie bands Oceansize and Nine Black Alps)
12 "ICONS: Chuck 'The Ice Man' Liddell" 6012 Chuck Liddell
13 "ICONS: Sacha Baron Cohen" 6013 Sacha Baron Cohen
14 "ICONS: Tom 'Tsquared' Taylor" 6014 TSquared
15 "ICONS: Tony 'Mad Dog' Alva" 6015 Tony Alva
16 "ICONS: Zach Snyder" 6016 Zach Snyder
17 "ICONS: Frank Miller" 6017 Frank Miller

Specially released episodes[edit]

At least seven of these episodes were put onto versions of the games they were about.

  • Episode 112, "Sid Meier,"was put in the game of the year edition of Civilization IV.
  • Episode 116, "John Madden NFL Football," was featured as part of the Madden 2005: Collector's Edition for PlayStation 2.
  • Episode 117, "Splinter Cell," was featured on the Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory collectors disc for the PlayStation 2.
  • Episode 219, "Mega Man," was featured on the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox versions of Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Though some of the content featured in the original episode that was unrelated to Mega Man or Capcom was removed).
  • Episode 223, "Castlevania," was featured in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness for PS2 and Xbox.
  • Episode 310, "The DOOM Franchise," was featured on the Doom 3 Collector's Edition for Xbox
  • Episode 311, "Dead or Alive", was included as an unlockable movie in Dead or Alive Ultimate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "G4's ICONS Relaunches June 3 With New Focus: The Emperors of Cool". G4. PR Newswire. May 9, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Icons Episode Guide. G4. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Episode 6002 later aired uncut on July 1

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